CD Review: Vusi Mahlasela - Say Africa

By Drum Digital
23 February 2011

Rating 4/5

The troubadour from Mamelodi is in great form on his latest offering. Backed by a heavyweight ensemble, that famous voice leaves one awestruck. US blues legend Taj Mahal, who also produced this album, adds slide guitar to Vusi’s acoustic sounds to give some of the tracks a country-blues feel. Say Africa is a mournful gem, In Anyway is a duet by Vusi and Taj, and Ba Bae – featuring Abe Cindi on flute and Thabang Tabane on African drums – is a tribute to Malombo. Angelique Kidjo harmonises sublimely with Vusi on Nakupenda Africa. A must-have!

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